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The Hollow Hope
Author: Gerald N. Rosenberg

ISBN: 9780226726717
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 534
Published: 17 March 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.0 x 3.0
Description:
In follow-up studies, dozens of reviews, and even a book of essays evaluating his conclusions, Gerald Rosenberg's critics--not to mention his supporters--have spent nearly two decades debating the arguments he first put forward in "The Hollow Hope." With this substantially expanded second edition of his landmark work, Rosenberg himself steps back into the fray, responding to criticism and adding chapters on the same-sex marriage battle that ask anew whether courts can spur political and social reform.
Finding that the answer is still a resounding no, Rosenberg reaffirms his powerful contention that it's nearly impossible to generate significant reforms through litigation. The reason? American courts are ineffective and relatively weak--far from the uniquely powerful sources for change they're often portrayed as. Rosenberg supports this claim by documenting the direct and secondary effects of key court decisions--particularly "Brown v. Board of Education" and "Roe v. Wade." He reveals, for example, that Congress, the White House, and a determined civil rights movement did far more than "Brown" to advance desegregation, while ...

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